I spoke with my sister last night and she reports that dad is getting angry, fidgity and discontent again. We thought this stage was over since he hasn't been like this in several months. Nothing has changed in his surroundings. He is also back to sundowning again, this after being on a somewhat regular sleep schedule for some time now. My sister is in the midst of remodeling her kitchen now. She's been remodeling for a long time but most of the remodeling until now has been in her basement and outside. So I wonder if the craziness of remodeling the kitchen could have anything to do with this setback. They were without a kitchen sink for 2 whole weeks.
Dad is also back to wanting to get in the car and come home (700 miles!). Luckily, he still thinks he needs a new water pump so he can't drive it. It was replaced two years ago no one is going to tell him he's wrong....
I know this may sound cruel because the further my dad is in the stages, the closer he is to the end. But I really was hoping he would not go back to the way he was in the earlier stages.
I just now went back and re-read the 7 stages and levels that angel bear posted and after careful thought, I would now say that dad is stage 6 with occasional days or moments being stage 5. The last time I read that, I believe I classified dad stage 5 and occasionally 6.
I had really hoped that dad would stay the content dad who was easier to deal with. He was so much happier and that's all we had hoped for, that he would stay happy and content.
I'm really sad today because of this. Now I know dad is forgetting family. I was telling him yesterday that his brother's daughter got married. He didn't remember her. It's only a matter of time before he forgets us too.
I do have some good news which I am trying to concentrate on. My son was accepted to a college he chose first. He was chosen on the very first interview. I am so very proud of him!
He's very anxious to tell his grandpa. He hasn't been able to reach him yet. I hope my dad understands when my son tells him.